Help picking a phaser please

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  1. sirnoel

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    I really like the Phase Royal from BYOC. It's around $85, I think, but it does everything you will every need a phaser to do and sounds great. It's also a kit, so you have to built it yourself or find one on the use market. But thats the best value for money option in my option.
     
  2. bigben55

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    Phase 95!! Does about everything well, small, true bypass. Nuff said.
     
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    Personally I like the "holy-crap-the-world-is-splitting-apart" phase sounds. My Korg AX1G is great for that, especially when combined with extreme delay and trem
     
  4. Ringo

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    I had an old Phase 90 for years block logo w script circuit. Sold it and got a newer RI Script Phase 90 w true bypass and ac power jack, to me it sounds as good as the vintage pedal plus it is true bypass and has the power input.

    The Phase 95 is interesting though, might have to check one out sometime.

    The "best" sounding phase shifter IME is the old Maestro unit with 3 preset speeds but they are huge, AC powered and definitely color your signal when bypassed. Supposedly the Heptode Phaser is a modern take on that unit.

    Phase 90 is hard to beat , easy to use , sounds good pretty much anywhere you set the knob.
     
  5. RustleFuzz

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    I have a MXR Phase 90 (Block, newer) which was on my main board for years. Love it, but recently changed to the Whirlwind Orange Box which is made in USA, true bypass and designed by the guy that created the original Phase 90. Dig it. Also have the Moorer Orange 90 on my fly board which does a great job, and a DOD Phase 201 which is more like a MXR Phase 45 and is more subtle sounding. Use that one on bass for the Stranglehold and Roger Waters Animals sounds.
     
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    I have a few old Phase 90s and 45s, a script RI Phase 90, a Maxon one knob, and a Whirlwind Orange box like RustleFuzz mentioned.
    The Whirlwind is the one I use.

    Listen closely and some either get overly bassy at one end of the sweep or thin trebly at the other end.
    The Script RI and the Orange box nail the balance perfectly.
     
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    I've had my early 80's EHX Smallstone for years. One knob and a switch that I never use. Perfect for my keep it simple stupid method of doing things. It sounds great for what I need it for, a touch of color on some leads or giving something that "Breathe" by Pink Floyd type of swirl. The only downside is it doesn't have an LED so sometimes I need to bend down in front of my amp to make sure I turned it off. It's also quite large.
     
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    Hate to threadjack, but....

    Why does no one ever use the MXR Phase 100? The only guy I've ever seen with one was a keyboard player I knew.
     
  10. JD0x0

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    Not cheap, or compact, but the Moog MF103 Phaser is top of the line, IMO. Extremely versatile, amazing analog sound quality, low noise floor. And it'll work 'stereo' between multiple amps using the 'Aux' Output.

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    I have these two. Mostly the MXR gets the toe tap. The 2-stage DOD kinda gets lost in the mix live. Maybe I'm doing something wrong.


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    I don’t know if this will help, but phaser pedals for guitar fall can be organized by a couple of factors: number of stages (basically how deep and resonant the sound), and the implementation method (JFET, OTA, opto,…)

    The Phase 45 is a 2 stage phaser, Phase 90, Univibe, and Small Stone are 4 stage, Bad Stone is 6. Phase 95 is two or four stage depending on the mode. The number of stages dictates how “phasey” and deep the effect is. 2 stage phasers are subtle, and it gets more pronounced as you add more stages.

    The Phase 45, 90, 95, and descendants are JFet based circuits, while the Small Stone, and Bad Stone are OTA based. Univibe is an LDR optical system. The implementation scheme changes the character of the phase. JFETs apparently tend to add a little more harmonic content, while OTAs are more neutral. The univibe style LDR based phasers produce a more pronounced asymmetry in their phasing which can make them sound more throbby.

    RG Keen’s page on phasers is a good summary of the details
     
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    Bad Stone
    First pedal I ever bought back in 1980
    I still have it. I decided since I started playing out to buy the new one in the smaller box. Works almost as well. Never liked the Phase 90
     
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    This is a good one:

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    Might cost a hundred bucks or so.

    It does Flanging and it does chorus. But it's phaser is to die for.
     
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    This one seemed to work well against certain aliens.



    Sorry, couldn’t help it
     
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    The Smallstone is the go-to for keyboardists. And simple is the key word you used. Its sound quality is outstanding.

    I have the much cheaper Behringer Vintage Phaser clone, and it's just about the exact same pedal, with some reviewers preferring it over the Stone.

    And yeah. They're big.

    But just 25 freaking bucks. Check the YT reviews on it:

    https://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/behringer-vp1-vintage-phaser-effects-pedal
     
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  17. bigben55

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    The thing I like about the Phase 95 is the versatility. I use the Phase 90 script setting the most, some Phase 45. And does the country phaser thing in Phase 90 block mode slowed way down. I had the Mooer, this is better. Had the new DOD, this is better in the 45 modes. The only phaser I've had that came close was an Option 5 Destination Phase but sold it years ago.
     
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    Great pedal, I have one too. I consider it more of a uni-vibe type pedal,,,but I like it!
    I use a MXR Phase 90 for a phaser.
     
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    Only one so far you can set to "stun".
     
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    Does this have some sort of mode setting that isn’t visible in the photo?
     
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